Lost River | Bellwoods Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada
bellwoodsbrewery.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aside from the impressive accolade of being awarded a gold medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards in 2012, the Lost River Baltic Porter is still down to earth. I would even go as far as to say that it's like the comfort food of our beer selection. Chocolatey, roasty, and slightly sweet rather than bitter, this beer packs tons of flavour without being cloying or overpowering. Enjoy this well-balanced brew all year round. Don't let those patio police tell you what to do.

Added by jrenihan on 04-27-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
7.32%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Corson
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of papat444
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jrenihan for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle (ABV 7.7%) and split with my wife.

Appearance: Pours a really opaque body, thick but barely gives a millimeter or two of foam before disappearing with barely a trace.

Smell: Wood, some smoke, roasted, a coal-like aroma with some coffee.

Taste: Roasted flavors mix with a bit of coal, cold coffee, chocolate and some smoky wood. A bit chalky though.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is annoying and too high at first though it calms after awhile. Robust with some bittering and a nice lasting impression.

Overall: Uneven, especially in the feel of the body. Good but not great for me.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of korguy123
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up by my brother nwfodder at the brewery. (I heard it was quite the trek)
650mL bottle into Bellwoods tulip.

Totally opaque dark brown almost black pour with a half finger, light beige head. Lacing is decent.

Sweet dark chocolate, fresh ground coffee, and a touch of peanuts or cashews... Coffee cake with some vanilla and brown sugar. Touch of molasses.

Dark chocolate with medium roast coffee, bitter finish with some vanilla and raw sugar sweetness. Touch of sour dough bread and some dark stone fruits.

Medium body, decent carbonation.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattbk
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Black, nice tan head, looks a bit on the light side, good start.
S: Sweet malts, maybe slight fruit, slight roast. Slightly chalky as well.
T: A combination of slight roast, sweet malt, slightly estery, perhaps raisiny. Slight bitterness from alcohol. Nice taste, pretty high on flavor, nothing mindblowing. This beer is admittedly not my favorite style.
M: Medium bodied, low carbonation, fairly appropriate.
O: A solid beer, no flaws, just nothing that jumps out at you. I would have maybe preferred slightly less sweetness and slightly more roast, but this beer is appropriate for the style.

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3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Almost black color, brown head. Aroma has roasted malt and some dark fruit notes. Taste starts malty, just a hint of sweetness but then the dark, really roasted malts kick in with slightly burnt/ashy flavors and associated bitterness. Medium to full bodied, quite smooth carbonation. Overall it's a quite good Baltic Porter with a very nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 16/9/12 thanks for sending the bottle liamt07

A not quite black with deep cola edges, two fingers of mocha foam falls fairly quickly and leaves just a little piece of lace

S licorice, root beer, a little smoke and charred wood, just a hint of cold coffee and nuttella spread

T some coco powder and chocolate covered dried fruit and top of what I could smell. the flavors stronger then the nose and a little better

M could use a little more body but its far from flat, good carbonation and a slightly creamy feel and just a little heat

O pretty good stuff and perhaps I'm being a little hard on it, .25 increments would be nice int this case

not crazy rich or complex but a respectable brew with little doubt. I'm wondering what this would be like on tap, thanks again Liam

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Photo of Rutager
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brother_rebus
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of RobbieG
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Taybeh
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coronaeus
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LanceH
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MasterSki
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery. Served in my Bellwoods teku.

A - Generous tan foam settles to a solid cap, thicker collar, and splotchy lacing. Near black body with some mahogany at the edges of the glass.

S - Lots of toasted biscuit, roast, hints of tobacco, coffee, vanilla smoke, and some nebulous dark fruits and berries. Seems more potent than the listed 7.6%.

T - A bit more charry and acrid than the aroma. Lots of coffee bean, smoke, and bitter dark chocolate. Very bitter in the finish, with a touch of estery alcohol. Well-attenuated and with an acidity that is evocative of authentic Scandinavian Baltic Porters.

M - Medium body, with a roasty, charry texture. Moderate, lively carbonation, with a very dry finish.

D - It is spot on for a Baltic Porter and reminds me of something I'd have from Norway or Finland. Wish the flavor had some of the sweetness of the aroma, as it gets a bit fatiguing near the end of the 500ml bottle. Also seems stronger than the listed ABV.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of black chocolate with light roasted malt is quite nice. Taste is a great mix between some lightly dry roasted malt with loads of black chocolate notes which are not overly bitter with some light lactose also discernable at the end. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Great beer with good amount of black chocolate and no too much astringency.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at the brewpub. The liquid in the goblet is pure black with the slightest edges of amber. The tan head recedes pretty quickly but musters up a lot of lace. Chocolate, berries, roasted malt and leather show in the nose. The taste dominated by malts with lots of fresh cacao, dark roast coffee beans, fruit compote and marmalade showing. Herbal hops provide a bit of bitterness and aroma but otherwise don't distract from the malt onslaught. The mouthfeel is full bodied and veering on slick with a rather light carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden throughout.

I'd recommend this beer to any porter/stout fan or malty beer lover. Very complex and heady.

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Lost River from Bellwoods Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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